OTTAWA — Like the main event of the day, the 13.1-mile Starved Rock Country Half Marathon presented by Samuel Adams wound up with new men’s and women’s champions crossing the finish line first.
Joseph Puetz was the top overall half marathoner by nearly two minutes, while Amy Campbell was the first women’s finisher by over seven minutes in the event run Saturday morning from Starved Rock State Park to downtown Ottawa.
Puetz’s winning time of 1 hour, 13 minutes, 57.5 seconds bested runner-up Michael Marshall’s 1:15:40.1, with Jesse Golden (1:18:24.1) placing third, Anthony Wells (1:19:24.0) coming in fourth and Chris Hurd (1:21:53.5) finishing fifth overall.
Campbell’s 1:27:22.9 was sixth overall and first among the half marathon’s female field, with Andrea Ertz (1:35:00.0) and Rebecca Tuholski (1:39:23.4) finishing out the women’s top three. Mallory Dreyer (1:39:48.5) and Teri Markley (1:40:09.4) were fourth and fifth, respectively, and finishing behind them in the women’s top 10 were Stacey Sault (1:42:42.1), Hilary Toaddy (1:43:07.1), Susie Walsh (1:44:12.9), Brianna Baker (1:44:52.9) and Jessica Johnston (1:45:34.9).
The overall half marathon top 10 behind Puetz, Marshall, Golden, Wells, Hurd and Campbell were Thomas Danner (1:28:01.4) in seventh place, Ryno Kelley (1:28:18.9) in eighth, Sean Manley (1:28:46.1) in ninth and Joshua Luce (1:30:48.2) in tenth. Timm Kroeger (1:31:04.1) was eleventh overall and tenth among the men.
The Inaugural Run Starved Rock Country 5K presented by Ottawa Savings Bank saw Ray Herlaud of Sheridan claim the title with a clocking of 19 minutes, 35.9 seconds. Herlaud narrowly edged La Salle’s Joe Bornac, who finished runner-up less than two seconds behind Herlaud with a run of 19:37.6. Tabin Vrba (22:57.8), of Naperville, came in a distant third.
Jennifer Hufnagle of Bolingbrook was the 5K’s top female finisher, running a 22:59.1 to beat women’s runner-up Lydia Tilsley, of Connecticut, who finished in 23:56.6.
The top 40 finishers included area competitors such as Ottawa’s Jeff Crowhurst (7th, 24:08.6), Tonica’s Richard Strack (15th, 28:03.2), Streator’s Charlene Hamann (16th, 28:05.6), Seneca’s Lynessa Stein (21st, 29:43.5), Earlville’s Brad Eller (22nd, 29:43.5), Streator’s Hannah Warwick (23rd, 29:49.8), Streator’s Dylan Kovach (24th, 29:50.5), Ottawa’s Jeff Lundy (25th, 30:18.4), Ottawa’s Brett DeBernardi (26th, 30:21.7), Ottawa’s Megan Dralle (31st, 31:37.1), Streator’s Jennifer Bliss (32nd, 32:16.7), Seneca’s Tynan Justice (36th, 32:41.5) and Streator’s Heather Baker (37th, 32:42.8).